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Mastering Modern Composition

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joel Becker Mar 11. 41 Replies

For various reasons I never studied composition as my major in undergrad or graduate (it was piano performance). How can one obtain the same knowledge and skill on his own that he would have in such…Continue

"A Peek into a Boson" for Orchestra - my first "serious" music of scale for a decade - expert input?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joel Becker Dec 19, 2016. 17 Replies

Hi, friends. I just finished this last weekend, putting probably around 60 hours into it for about 9 days, really struggling to produce anything the first couple of days, and almost abandoning it…Continue

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Oboe and Piano composition

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joel Becker Nov 14, 2016. 10 Replies

I composed this during the last few days as an exercise in writing for oboe, but also experimented a bit compositionally, and would love to hear my fellow composers' thoughts on the quality of the…Continue

 

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Lawrence Aurich left a comment for Joel Becker
"Joel,      I was analyzing yesterday and now I'm having second thoughts.  I think you added more melody to the form which is good.  It seems like most/all tonal harmony is abandoned.  I'm having trouble…"
Apr 21
Lawrence Aurich left a comment for Joel Becker
"Joel,      I'm finished with my Spacey Odyssey and am looking for my next project.  Would you be opposed to my analyzing your Boson piece and using ideas from it?  I would not use your rhythms or melodies, but the…"
Apr 20
Joel Becker replied to Joel Becker's discussion Mastering Modern Composition
"Hi Lawrence, Oh actually I said that the Boson piece had too many different things, while my "Electromechanical" piece for piano was more minimalist, so it did have coherency, but at the cost of not being very substantial or novel.…"
Mar 11
Bob Morabito replied to Joel Becker's discussion Mastering Modern Composition
"Hi Laurence--Im a little confused (and intrigued!) by your post above, as Ive never quite heard 'minimalism' described as you do- FWIW heres my take on it, as, until reading your post I really was quite set in my thinking as to what what…"
Mar 9
Lawrence Aurich replied to Joel Becker's discussion Mastering Modern Composition
"Joel, I am very leery of the ill defined genre known as minimalism. I don't consider your Boson piece minimalism in that it contains all the necessary elements of music, melody, chords, dynamics, even tonality. A better example would be that of…"
Mar 9
Ingo Lee replied to Joel Becker's discussion Mastering Modern Composition
"Thank you Mike H. and Gregorio for posting modern composer lists, very helpful, there are a number of them I need to listen to."
Mar 7
Dave Dexter replied to Joel Becker's discussion Mastering Modern Composition
"It's not heretical to equate a good-looking score with a good performance thereof, at the simplest level musicians will play perhaps with more confidence and enjoyment when not given ambiguity. But you can have a score which looks great and…"
Mar 6
Gav Brown replied to Joel Becker's discussion Mastering Modern Composition
"An example"
Mar 5
Joel Becker replied to Joel Becker's discussion Mastering Modern Composition
"Very good. I want to do this."
Mar 5
Joel Becker replied to Joel Becker's discussion Mastering Modern Composition
"I think this is true to an extent! I think standard notation doesn't make the patterns as directly apparent as other representations, such as a typical MIDI piano roll. And then you would also want to capture the nuances of dynamics and…"
Mar 5
Gav Brown replied to Joel Becker's discussion Mastering Modern Composition
"I introduce a radical concept. There is a loveliness about the physical appearance of musical notes in scores, and that this can be a driver, or at least an influencer of composition. In other words, an interesting-looking score may be a sign of…"
Mar 5
Bob Morabito replied to Joel Becker's discussion Mastering Modern Composition
"It makes sense to me again to listen to as much 'modern music' as you can and make notes--even snippets of scores if desired-- along with small labelled recordings of examples of what compositional techniques/gestures of which pieces…"
Mar 5
Joel Becker replied to Joel Becker's discussion Mastering Modern Composition
"Thanks, Bob. Makes sense; I've been thinking, if I'm going to find my particular "voice", then it certainly needs to be something I really like and really believe in."
Mar 5
Bob Forrest replied to Joel Becker's discussion Mastering Modern Composition
"I read what you said . I can understand where your coming from . I guess now your finished with school so the possibility of a public performance of your works is unlikely unless you have lots of contacts . The list below shows what mediums you…"
Mar 3
Bob Morabito replied to Joel Becker's discussion Mastering Modern Composition
"Thanks Mike--on both counts:) https://soundcloud.com/bob-morabito"
Mar 3
Mike Hewer replied to Joel Becker's discussion Mastering Modern Composition
"  'Its a nice example of what can be accomplished  with not very complicated materials/techniques. with the total end result definitely sounding "new". Well said Bob, a reminder that the 'new' does not have to have…"
Mar 3

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What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Multimedia, Choir, Orchestra, Small Ensemble, Songs, Other
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
Classical
Is music your main income source?
No - Not Yet
Where do you live?
Nebraska
About Me (Must include biographical information about you as a composer):
My mother taught me basic ear-playing at age 4, and I've been composing and playing the piano ever since, studying with four different piano teachers before college. For four years during and after earning master's degrees in piano performance and computer science, I worked as a sort of "composer in residence" at a private college. Since I found myself spending most of my free time programming, and found little artistic freedom as an employed composer, I decided to swap the two and go into the software development industry while composing my own music on the side. Seven years and four children later, I've spent little time composing, but hope to make more time for it in the near future.
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http://joelbecker.net

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At 1:20pm on April 21, 2017, Lawrence Aurich said…

Joel,

     I was analyzing yesterday and now I'm having second thoughts.  I think you added more melody to the form which is good.  It seems like most/all tonal harmony is abandoned.  I'm having trouble adjusting to something completely foreign to what I have ever composed.  I will probably have some questions.  Don't know yet whether I will tackle this or do something in unusual time signatures.  Thanks.

Larry

At 4:01pm on April 20, 2017, Lawrence Aurich said…

Joel,

     I'm finished with my Spacey Odyssey and am looking for my next project.  Would you be opposed to my analyzing your Boson piece and using ideas from it?  I would not use your rhythms or melodies, but the structure.  I want to try composing in the style John Adams etc.  Could I also sight your piece as a source of material?  You really need to get this piece performed. 

                                                            Lawrence Aurich

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